Global Alert and Response (GAR)

Senegal is now free of Ebola virus transmission

Credit: WHO

17 October 2014 -- WHO officially declares the Ebola outbreak in Senegal over and commends the country on its diligence to end the transmission of the virus. Senegal’s response is a good example of what to do when faced with an imported case of Ebola. However, Senegal remains vigilant for any suspected cases by strict compliance with WHO guidelines.

Liberia: Working with communities is the key to stopping Ebola

Dr Clements working with communities in Lofa County, Liberia. 2014
WHO/C. Black

12 October 2014 -- In many communities, the outbreak of Ebola virus disease has caused intense fear that sometimes manifests in violence against health workers. WHO’s Dr Peter Clement took a bold approach, travelling 12 hours over dirt roads to the hostile communities in Lofa County, Liberia. There he went straight to meet the chiefs, to listen and work with communities to help them to develop their own plans.

Ebola response roadmap

WHO has issued a roadmap to guide and coordinate the international response to the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in west Africa. The roadmap aims to stop ongoing Ebola transmission worldwide within 6-9 months while rapidly managing the consequences of any further international spread. It also recognises the need to address, in parallel, the outbreak’s broader socioeconomic impact.

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